Western Link Environmental Assessment Approved

The ground work for the Western Transportation Link is complete with Chatham-Kent Council’s approval of the environmental assessment and planning act changes.

Councillor Steve Pinsonneault was one of four councillors that voted against the plan. “I don’t like the idea of handcuffing residents who live there now, the values will drop on their properties and they can’t sell them. And the reality is we have bridges now we can’t afford to fix.”

Chatham representative Marjorie Crew voted in favour, but not without some reservations. “My concerns are the citizens that are directly affected. We need to make sure we’re doing the best thing that we can for our community.”

The roadway would run from Hwy. 401 to Hwy. 40 and carries an $88-million price tag. There are no plans in place to build the roadway but planning officials say having the documents in place will make it easier to get funding from senior levels of government.